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Dec 31, 2012 6:00pm EST
washington. >> reporter: just hours before the midnight deadline to avert the fiscal cliff, president obama said a deal is within sight but not there yet. there are still some issues to be resolved. our most immediate priority is to stop taxes from going up on middle class families starting tomorrow. i think that is a modest goal that we can accomplish. >> reporter: senate minority leader mitch mcconnell and joe biden are leading the negotiations. the deal will increase the estate class, extend unemployment benefits and bring back higher clinton tax rates on high incomes. from households earning $20,000 to those earning $450,000 a year. this create lad divide within the party with senator tom harken saying he and other democrats may block a deal. >> the deal must be one that favors the middle class, the real middle class. >> reporter: some lawmakers are frustrated there's still no bill up for a debate. >> senator reid should put a bill mon the floor, let the americans see it not another deal made behind closed doors. >> reporter: another sticking point, how long to delay the sequester. pres
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